Thursday, April 30, 2009


A couple months ago when my sister'z and I were in California, we went into a furniture store and saw this beautiful bird cage with these adorable birds. All 3 of us were taken with them. They would not leave each others side. And as soon as I started taking a few photoz they were little posers. SOOO CUTE! I didn't know their names so I named them myself...Lolly & Lenny :)


As I was editing this photo of my niece, Tiffany, I used a new tool on my photo program and was surprised when I saw the effect it had. The light came out from her eyes and face, and left only the one eye visible. I couldn't help but think of a scripture from the New Testament that seems to fit the photo so well.

Luke 11:34

34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Oh Buster...your the best! ROFL I'm missing my Arressted Development shows...time to watch again!


The Liberals can sure dish out the jokes, but they just can't take 'em!
Bah hahhaha

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


How kool are these? Miny throw away toothbrushes that have a dab of toothpaste in them!!! I will have a handful of these in bag at all times! AWESOME!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


When I was outside today it was the first time I could actually smell Spring. I always wait for that moment and love when it comes.


My best friend Christine, reminded me a couple weeks ago of a religion class we were in one day and how the teacher said, "Nothing you suffer in this life will ever, ever, ever, EVER be in vain!!!" I needed to be reminded of this. I often feel in my heart that a lot of things have been in vain. I always try and fight off the "Doubting Thomas" in me, but I often find myself saying, what is the point? Did that sacrifice mean anything? Or what was the point of going through this or that? Are all my efforts and sacrifices in vain!!??? I tried to take a nap (ha!) and instead I layed there and was asking the Lord these same questions that I ask him everyday. I decided to read my scriptures and jumped back and forth cross referencing. I ended up in Isaiah chapter 55:10-13 and these are the words I read;

"8 ¶ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my aways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. "

I would love to be able to give the insight that I was given as I read this but I don't know if I can explain it. Maybe the biggest thing that stuck out to me was what I said before. That nothing we do or suffer will come back to us "void" there IS a divine purpose and point to our works on this earth. In the Book of Mormon we read the wise words of Alma to his son, Helaman,

"Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls."

~Alma 37:6-7

In the world we say "It all adds up" but in the kingdom we may say, "It all multiplies up!" And nothing we do or suffer will ever, ever, ever, EVER be in vain.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


I blogged this last year about sharing an occasional glimpse from my old journals now and again.
So, from the plethora of journals I have, I grabbed one and opened it up to the date nearest to today. This is what I read;

April 2003

"My Grandma, Bea Hinckley passed away on April 26, 2003. She will be SO missed. We love her dearly. She told me once before she passed away, "You are the jewels in my crown" I will always remember that. Elder Neal A. Maxwell was friends with my grandma because she was cousins with his wife, Colleen. He sent a nice letter to be read at the funeral. He said, "Bea was someone with spiritual spunk!" :) I LOVE that. I will miss her quick wit and wonderful sense of humour. I truly loved her."

This was a great journal entry to read today. Almost every night I talk to her in my mind and heart. I plead for her to help me in this life and sometimes even boss her around. :) I'm like, "Grandma, are you fighting for me up there or what!!?? If anyone can persuade the Lord to do something it's you!" She is Queen Fiesty! and I guarantee she has put in her two cents if not more! I got all my famous one liners from her. :) She could talk a mile a minute and most of the time you were laughing or growing extremely tired. Her favorite movie was Dumb and Dumber! hahahh No joke. I miss her...but when I'm the most sad, I feel her close to me. I know she is fighting for me in heaven, I know she will never leave me.

God bless you are the jewels in MY crown. (That's if I ever get one! I never won "Queen" when I was a you just never know ;)


Every once in awhile I run across a photograph that I can't take my eyes off. A photo that makes me feel peaceful, inspired, childlike, happy and grateful all at the same time. Well...every photo that my friend Jessica has ever taken makes me feel that way. She is one of the most amazing photographers I have ever seen...and I have seen A LOT! I'm rarely jealous of another persons work. I try hard to just be inspired. BUT...I have to say that sometimes I'm a little jealous of her talent. She has this gift with lighting in her photoz that I have never seen before. And I guarantee that noone can imitate it. It's HER gift from Heavenly Father. She is one of the only people that I know that I would love to hang her work in my house. She's just an amazing person both inside and out! She's beautiful, magical and I love her!

If your ever wanting some fantastic photos, she's your girl! Take a look at her work, your in for a treat! :)

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Saturday, April 18, 2009


We went...we saw...and we ROCKED! Travis was AMAZING and we had the time of our lives! More photoz soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


If you haven't seen or heard about Susan Boyle NEED to watch this video. Be prepared to watch something amazing.


So it's 5am and I've been up all with a nasty migraine... I've been laying in bed holding on to my head, curled up in a ball and crying because it's just been horrific! I was praying in my heart and pleading for some help and comfort. The Lords still small voice whispered to me that it would subside soon. Within about another 30 began to disperse. I'm feeling much better now and am grateful for that. I would love to be tucked away in my bed sleeping peacefully like a baby but beggars can't be choosers, right? :) So I decided to write a small blog to give thanks.I don't know how people make it in this life without an understanding that God lives, He loves us, He has a plan for us and He will "come to us in everytime of trouble." It doesn't always feel like it but I know HE is here for me...and for you. :)I took this photo yesterday in Alpine. It reminds me of how I felt tonight. Hanging down, tired and tearful.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


...but for once...I just don't care! :D

Monday, April 13, 2009


...IN ALL THEIR GLORY! In about 16 hours, the Kilted band Travis will be gracing Utah with it's presence. I'm ready to ROCK!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


"THANKS EASTER BUNNY...BAWK BAWK!" We loved this commercial when we were little. Our family still quotes it!

Friday, April 10, 2009


My nephews and nieces have all had little videos or collages I've put together for them. It's my trade mark and I do it in hopes that they feel both loved and special. By doing this for them, it also warms my own heart. Last year on Kaul's Birthday I made him a photo collage and then turned it into a poster for his wall. (He LOVED it!) And ever since then, his brother, Bleu, wanted one too. So, I just finished it and it's in the process of getting enlarged. While putting it together, my music was playing in the background and the song "Falling in love at a coffee shop" came on. I adore this song! And as I looked at his photos I just kept thinking how everyone who meets Bleu instantly falls for him. He will steal your heart by just being himself. His sweet and tender disposition could melt even the hardest heart. He also has this inner cheerfulness and peace. He is just happy with the common joys of life.
This song just seemed to fit in so many ways and I couldn't resist making a little video. You will love it! :)

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

*Mi cumpleaƱos*

On March 28th 1974, the #1 song on the radio was "Sunshine on my shoulders" by John Denver. I'm not sure if anyone knows how kool that is...since that was the day I was born and that just happens to be one of my favorite songs of all time.
I was born in the small town of Elko, Nevada. I still have a hard time claiming that area of the world...and yet it was my lot to be born in that "special" town. Apparently I weighed five pounds and my head was the size of an orange that fit inside my dads hand. (my mom likes to tell me that) And it was also pointed out to me that I was the most beautiful baby EVER. Mothers are bias and I really have no proof that this is true because there were no pictures taken of me until I was 3 months. And in the one picture I have, I am funny looking! :) So...that's my baby history.So, my 35th birthday recently came upon me. I had expressed to my family that I really didn't want any kind of party or gathering this year. I just wasn't into it. I mean I honestly love getting older...for realz! But this year *35* just didn't seem to settle right and I wanted to ignore it! I wanted to keep it quiet and simple. Apparently that fell on deaf ears (shocking :) and of course the fam always has some kind of surprise up their sleeves for me. Pam called and asked if she could bring me lunch. I told her that was fine. A couple hours later...the knock at the door came. I was in my pj'z and could see through my sheer curtain that there was more than ONE person outside. Infact it appeared to look like a small crowd. I was NOT happy. I cracked the door open and low and behold...the cast of TWILIGHT stood before me bearing flowers and gifts! Not to mention that my mom, pam and Tiffany were hiding behind them! I couldn't help but bust up laughing! My family really are clever & funny...and It was a great little surprise. My sis asked why I wasn't dressed for the day and I was like, DUH! I thought you were just bringing me lunch! She told me to throw myself together and that we were GOING to lunch. We ended up hitting the Cheesecake factory (which I love) and then opening presents. It was fun and yet still simple the way I wanted it. Here are some classic photos of my cardboard loverz! :D

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


All of these babies are in my belly! YUMMMMMMMMMM! (five pounds later!:) ha! AND...I ate some more today. So much for sharing them with others. Sharing is caring...but only when I'm not hungry. heh heh


Hysterical!!! (a big thank you to my friend Amy Nielson for the share!)

Sunday, April 05, 2009


This last week my best friend and I went to see a musician named, Griffin House, in Salt Lake. When we got there we found out that we were actually seeing "Ten out of Tennesse" which is a group of artists all from Tennessee(which included Griffin House.) It was a great night and we had a lot of fun.

Here are a few photoz from the night.

Saturday, April 04, 2009


I've been slacking on my blog lately and have wanted to catch up on random happenings...but just haven't been motivated. It's not good because I also stopped writing in my journal and that's something that is really important for me to do. Sooooo...I'm going to try and play catch up in the next couple dayz. I should have made a little list because,

A. I have short term memory loss.
B. I have short term memory loss.
C. I have short term memory loss.

Wadda ya do? *shrug*


Despite my sometimes nerdy wayz...I'm glad I am who I am.